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  • Activities and Competitions

    Organizing activities and competitions is fun but there are times you need some fresh ideas. In the activity drop-down menu below, you can find heaps of ideas. What about a Paper Plane Competition?
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  • TIP: Keep an action list

    I wasn't particularly good at it myself - I'm an ad hoc person - but it was one of my recommendations when I gave display workshops: Make a rough sketch of how the display will look like Write down what materials and tools you'll need Create a time-line / checklist: This week copying and laminating - Next week: buy or beg materials - Two weeks: covering display boxes with matching paper - Three weeks: collect books matching the display etc. till you reach D-day and start getting nervous....
  • TIP: Staple at an angle

    Removing old display items will be much easier when you hold the stapler at an angle when you tack items to the board. The staples will stick out at one side - perfect to get hold of and pull them out when you change displays.
  • TIP: Use a glue gun

    Glue guns are the most fantastic tools for creating displays. You can attach all sorts of materials like hard plastic, metal, fabric and everything else you can think off. Be careful with your fingers (blow - blow) the glue is very hot and you easily get blisters
  • TIP: Create a 3D effect!

    Create a 3D effect by hanging objects in front of the display board, like fish in a Sea Life display or lanterns in a Spring or Garden display.
  • TIP: Don’t overdue it!

    Too much text, images or books on display too close together distract the eye. It all becomes a blur. Each object needs its own space. Think of a shop window that is more than full with appliances, you can’t distinguish one object from the other, while carefully placed objects attract the attention.

Myths and Legends

Put pictures of Excalubar, Jason and a couple of legendary Maori chiefs on a display board and you can create a colourful display about myths and legends. Not to mention the possibilities that Chinese, African and Aboriginal dreamtime stories offer.

Get all your myths and legend book off the shelves and display them in front of some legendary figures. Success assured!!!

What you need:

  • copied and enlarged images myths and legends books
  • coloured paper
  • gold coloured wrapping paper
  • blu-tack/stapler/tape/guillotine/scissors/ruler

What to do:

 I used gold coloured wrapping paper on all three boards but created on each board a different colour border.

I used images from a previous display (stored in our display cabinet) and copied from our library books. If needed I enlarged the images and together they make a very powerful display. Some of the images were pasted over the borders to create an atmosphere of freedom and a beyond the horizon feeling. 

The staples are hardly visible because I used the lines and shapes of the images to staple at and that deceives the eye.

The clear lines, bright borders and plenty of room between the images create a sense of space. It makes this display very accessible.  

To view larger images of displays click on:                                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gr8displays/

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